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Bearsden secondary school evacuated after chemical leak

Pupils due to sit exams at Boclair Academy were bussed to a nearby school.

Boclair Academy: The Bearsden school was evacuated on Friday morning.
Boclair Academy: The Bearsden school was evacuated on Friday morning. Creative Commons by G Laird

A secondary school in East Dunbartonshire, where children were due to sit exams, has been evacuated due to a chemical leak.

Pupils at Boclair Academy in Bearsden had to be relocated to nearby Killermont Primary School, where their parents could collect them.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 11.25am on Friday after reports of a "strange smell" within the school grounds.

A chemical leak from emergency lighting was identified as being the cause and the school was evacuated on advice of the Scottish Fire and Rescue service.

Arrangements were made for pupils due to sit their modern studies National 5 exam to be bussed to Bearsden Academy to undertake it there.

Boclair Academy building has since been deemed safe and the examinations took place there as scheduled.

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed the incident.

She said: "Around 11.25am, emergency services were called to a report of a chemical smell within Boclair Academy, Bearsden.

"Pupils were relocated to a nearby school as a precaution as fire investigators conducted enquiries at the scene."

The school will be open as normal on Monday.

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